The Associated Press
Jan. 07, 2016
GREEN BAY (10-6) at WASHINGTON (9-7)
Sunday, 4:40 p.m. ET, Fox
OPENING LINE — Redskins by 2
RECORD VS. SPREAD — Packers 9-7, Redskins 9-7
SERIES RECORD — Packers lead 19-14-1
LAST MEETING — Packers beat Redskins 38-20, Sept. 15, 2013
LAST WEEK — Packers lost to Vikings 20-13; Redskins beat Cowboys 34-23
AP PRO32 RANKING — Packers No. 11, Redskins No. 10
PACKERS OFFENSE — OVERALL (23), RUSH (12), PASS (25).
PACKERS DEFENSE — OVERALL (15), RUSH (21), PASS (6).
REDSKINS OFFENSE — OVERALL (17), RUSH (20), PASS (11).
REDSKINS DEFENSE — OVERALL (28), RUSH (26), PASS (25).
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Wild-card Packers, NFC's No. 5 seed, are making seventh consecutive trip to playoffs, including appearance in last season's conference championship game, and Super Bowl championship in 2011. ... NFC East champion Redskins, conference's No. 4 seed, hadn't been to postseason since 2012, and haven't won playoff game since 2006. ... Green Bay opened season 6-0, tailed off, going 4-6 rest of way, including losses in last two regular-season games, costing team NFC North title. ... Washington began 2-4, then was only 5-7 — including 0-5 on road — heading into Week 13 game at Chicago, before finishing on four-game winning streak. ... Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is two-time NFL MVP and one-time Super Bowl MVP, but he's struggled at times this season without top WR Jordy Nelson. Rodgers' numbers: 31 TDs, 8 INTs, 3,821 yards, 60.7 completion percentage and 92.7 passer rating. ... Still, Rodgers was one of four Packers picked for Pro Bowl, along with LB Clay Matthews, FB John Kuhn, G Josh Sitton. ... Kuhn is only player in these playoffs with at least four TDs rushing and at least three receiving in postseason career. ... Rodgers' career passer rating of 104.1 is best in league history. ... WR Randall Cobb led Green Bay with 79 catches. ... Green Bay's offensive line has had problems, allowing 47 sacks; only four clubs allowed more. Rodgers was sacked 13 times in Weeks 16 and 17. ... Over last eight years, Redskins have two NFC East titles and six last-place finishes, including going 4-12 last season, Jay Gruden's first as NFL head coach. ... Redskins QB Kirk Cousins got first chance as full-time starter this season and thrived — especially over closing stretch. He was NFC offensive player of month for December/January after leading league with 127.3 passer rating and compiling other impressive stats as Washington went 4-1: 73.5 completion percentage, 1,379 yards, 13 TDs, one INT. He also ran for pair of scores. ... Over last 10 games, Cousins had 23 TDs, three INTs. He led NFL passers with a 69.8 completion percentage all season and set franchise record with 4,166 yards passing. His 74.7 completion percentage set NFL mark for highest at home over full season. In final seven home games, he had 15 TDs, zero INTs. ... Cousins is one of two QBs (Seattle's Russell Wilson) with at least one TD pass in all 16 games this season. ... LT Trent Williams was team's only Pro Bowl selection. ... RB Alfred Morris ran for 100 yards in Week 17 victory at Dallas; he hadn't reached that number since Week 1. ... WR DeSean Jackson's 21 career TDs of at least 60 yards — including playoffs — rank third in NFL history. ... WR Pierre Garcon has TD catch in three of past four postseason games. ... WR Jamison Crowder topped NFC rookies with 59 catches. ... LB Ryan Kerrigan led Redskins with 9 1-2 sacks. ... Rookie LB Preston Smith has five sacks in last three games to finish season with eight. ... Fantasy Tip: Redskins TE Jordan Reed is Cousins' favorite target and most defenses have found him impossible to cover. He led team with 87 catches, 952 yards receiving, and 11 TDs.
(Corrects Packers to NFC's fifth seed)